Week In Review: The Slow Off-Season Put in Perspective
Nov24

Week In Review: The Slow Off-Season Put in Perspective

The Pittsburgh Pirates had an amazing off-season last year. They had two of the best free agent signings with Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano. They made a great trade to get Mark Melancon for Joel Hanrahan. Jason Grilli was signed at a below market rate for closers. They bought low on Jeanmar Gomez and Vin Mazzaro, getting both relievers for next to nothing. And one year ago today the amount of moves they had made was zero. The...

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The Reality of How the Pirates and Cardinals Build Their Teams
Nov24

The Reality of How the Pirates and Cardinals Build Their Teams

The St. Louis Cardinals were busy this week. On Friday they traded David Freese for Peter Bourjos, which should set off a chain of roster shuffling that will result in St. Louis upgrading their defense at three different spots. Last night, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that the Cardinals were closing in on a deal with shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Jon Morosi reported that it is expected to be a four-year deal. Free agent Jhonny Peralta...

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NL Central News: Cardinals Trade Freese for Bourjos
Nov22

NL Central News: Cardinals Trade Freese for Bourjos

The St. Louis Cardinals made a trade this afternoon, sending third baseman David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for outfielder Peter Bourjos. The two sides also swapped additional players, with the Angels getting Fernando Salas and the Cardinals getting Randal Grichuk, according to Ken Rosenthal, who first reported the trade. #Angels getting Salas along with Freese from #STLCards. Freese and Salas for Bourjos and...

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The Price of Free Agents Hasn’t Really Increased
Nov22

The Price of Free Agents Hasn’t Really Increased

Today I was looking over the early free agent signings, trying to get an idea of how much free agents were getting paid per win this off-season. In the past, free agents usually received $4-5 M per win, with the $5 M total coming in recent years. The idea floating around is that free agent prices will be going up this off-season with the new National TV revenue kicking in. My theory before looking at the free agents who have signed...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Need to Act Differently This Year?
Nov22

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Need to Act Differently This Year?

The Pittsburgh Pirates were contenders in 2013. They were contenders because of bounce back pitchers like A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano. They were contenders because they relied on unproven prospects, rather than going for the “guarantee” of an established major leaguer. They were contenders because they went against the norms — placing higher values on defense, pitch framing, ground balls, defensive shifts, and...

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Pirates Checked on Lance Berkman
Nov21

Pirates Checked on Lance Berkman

It seems that pursuing players who are considering retirement is the new market inefficiency. The Pittsburgh Pirates checked on Lance Berkman, according to Travis Sawchik, but were told that he’s leaning toward retirement. Pirates made a call on Lance Berkman but agent says he's leaning toward retirement — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) November 21, 2013 Berkman is at the end of his career, and has been on a decline....

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